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Casiraghi backs Italy U21 starlets to make step up

Italy U21 coach Pierluigi Casiraghi says several of his players are ready for Marcello Lippi's World Cup squad.

"We played good football but lost the most important game," claimed Casiraghi.

"Several players from this squad are ready to go to Marcello Lippi and the full national side in September. And if they don't called straight away surely they will in a couple of years.

"Players such as Marco Motta, Mario Balotelli, Claudio Marchisio and Domenico Criscito are good enough to make it - but we all already know their names."

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